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"A wonderful project; truly indispensable for demographers, biographers, sociologists, economic historians, genealogists - indeed for every scholar seriously interested in 19th and 20th century history.'

—J. Mordaunt Crook, University of London

The only comprehensive reference work to the personalities of the Victorian age and the twentieth century to the Second World War - the most heavily researched 100 years in British history and a time when the biographical dictionary flourished as never before or since.

The collection makes available 272 dictionaries in 1,200 volumes, published between 1840 and 1940 and containing biographies of contemporary personalities. It republishes both general works and specialist, professional and regional dictionaries. Many of the titles were originally issued in small editions and very few libraries have more than a small selection of them.

The dictionaries are reproduced in their entirety, including plates, advertising and text additional to the biographical entries. The inclusion of complete dictionaries, particularly the regional ones, enables researchers to discover who was, and was not, included as well as to find a particular name. All volumes in a series are reproduced so that it is possible to see how the record of a person's life evolves - and how earlier information is sometimes later suppressed.

British and Irish Biographies offers libraries the opportunity to acquire scarce material and to conserve existing holdings by reducing the need to refer to or copy the original volumes. It is available as a complete collection, in six parts, or individually by title. Click here for a complete list of titles.

Individual fiches may be purchased from this collection.

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A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century

Eight-volume English edition reprinted in two volumes; two very scarce volumes of the German edition, which were not translated into English, reprinted in a separately available third volume.

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A Concordance to the Poems of Dylan Thomas

Romantic. Affirmative. Rhetorical. The poetry of Dylan Thomas urged readers to ponder life as they never had before. Researchers now have access to a concordance and word list keyed to the 1978 printing of Dylan Thomas: The Poems, edited by Daniel Jones.

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A People at War

Letters, diaries, memoirs, and other personal papers from the Civil War holdings of the Library of Congress. Edited by John R. Sellers.

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The Challenge of Cataloging Complex Subjects

How the University of Leicester’s David Wilson Library and ProQuest teamed up to solve organizational inconsistencies across subjects.

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Seeking Words, Finding Refuge: Literature for World Refugee Day

Exploring immigrants’ perspectives in three contemporary novels.

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